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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 October 2012
Given the quality of the music on the eight albums here, this is an amazing bargain. A number of the albums included are top 'Penguin' and 'Gramophone' Jazz Guide recommendations, including both volumes of 'The Eminent JJ Johnson', 'The Great Kai & JJ', and 'JJ Inc.', but the others are equally fine, covering a good chunk of the period 1953-61 and including other icons such as Freddie Hubbard, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Kai Winding et al.

The music here is a lovely blend of perky bop and lush ballads (with Bobby Jasper on flute making some gorgeous contributions on 'J is for Jazz'). Johnson's tone is seductively warm and mellow, and he avoids sharpness even in the up-tempo numbers, while Winding, Heath, Brown and Hubbard provide fine horn duets and workouts, while the smaller units with Johnson as solo horn, see fine keyboard partnerships with Wynton Kelly, Tommy Flanagan and Victor Feldman. The rhythmn section keeps each piece motoring in fine style, with contributions from Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, Elvin Hayes and others on percussion, and the likes of Paul Chambers, Percy Heath, Sam Jones and Mingus et al on bass.

Sound quality is good too, with a rich, warm bloom to the recordings, and a useful insert listing the personnel on each album. There's a rich mixture of music here, but for me the slower ballads have an exquisite, haunting beauty which is simply unforgettable. I'd recommend you grab this lovely collection while it's at such a great bargain price, then settle back to listen, and congratulate yourself for your foresight!
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This is not a review as such just a listing of which 'classic albums are actually on this set which may be of interest to people.

I would suggest that until some reviews are made here you should try Amazon USA to see if there are any there.
The sound on these 'public domain' releases varies a great deal.

This 4 CD set has the following albums included
'The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Vol 1',
'J is for Jazz',
'The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson Vol 2',
'The Great Kai and JJ',
'Blue Trombone',
'A Touch of Satin',
'JJ Inc', and
'First Place'.

I'm attempting to find a track listing for these 8 classic Albums and will post it when I can.
In the meantime if any kind person has one or knows where to obtain one if they post a message in the comments box I will gladly credit them with their efforts.

Post script David Alan Start tipped me off about
They now have the track listings where as before when I originally wrote the 'review' they did not.
the track listing.
Thanks to Amazon US (

If any one knows the 'split' between CDs and albums just add a coment and I will adjust it again.
Track Listings
1. Capri
2. Loverman
3. Turnpike
4. Sketch
5. It Could Happen To You
6. Get Happy
7. Naptown U.S.A
8. It Might As Well Be Spring
9. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
10. Angel Eyes
11. Solar
12. Overdrive
13. Undecided
14. Never Let Me Go
15. Chasin' The Bird
16. Cube Steak
17. Too Marvelous For Words
18. Jay
19. Old Devil Moon
20. It's You Or No One
21. Time After Time
22. Coffee Pot
23. This Could Be The Start Of Something Big
24. Georgia On My Mind
25. Blue Monk
26. Judy
27. Alone Together
28. Side By Side
29. I Concentrate On You
30. Theme From 'Picnic'
31. Trixie
32. Going, Going, Gong!
33. Just For A Thrill
34. Hello Young Lovers
35. Kev
36. What's New
37. Blue Trombone
38. Gone With The Wind
39. 100 Proof
40. Satin Doll
41. Flat Rock
42. Gigi
43. Bloozineff
44. Jackie-Ing
45. Goodbye
46. Full Moon And Empty Arms
47. Sophisticated Lady
48. When The Saints Go Marching In
49. Mohawk
50. Minor Mist
51. In Walked Horace
52. Fatback
53. Aquarius
54. Shutterbug
55. It's Only A Paper Moon
56. Paul's Pal
57. For Heavens Sake
58. Commutation
59. Harvey's House
60. That Tired Routine Called Love
61. Be My Love
62. Cry Me A River
63. Nickels And Dimes
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on 13 November 2012
I had not purchased one of these sets of 8 CD's before, so I was concerned that there would be no details of dates,etc, but at the price there was not a lot to lose. There are details of the year that the recording were made, plus who is on the various tracks, and the quality of the recordings is very good. It would have been good to have had a copy of the sleeve notes, but what do you expect for the price? To buy the individual albums would be a costly affair, if you can get all 8, so if you like J.J Johnson go ahead and buy these CD's, you will not regret it.
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on 3 February 2013
Part of my youth was spent glued to my record player with these musicians among my chosen few,the years roll away.
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on 11 July 2013
always loved his musicand to get a collection like this was great enjoyable from begining to end.these series of jazz albumsare great value
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on 11 February 2013
Good example of this artist in a variety of settings. Excelent introduction to the work of a talented trombone player reasonably priced.
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on 26 March 2013
this cd is excellent like this 4 cd box set would recommend this cd box set to any jazz fan
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on 22 July 2015
Fantastic set of CDs. JJ Johson's output was superb.
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on 22 December 2015
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